Brett Hull’s 32nd career hat trick Sunday night lifted the Detroit Red Wings into first place in the Western Conference with a 6-2 victory over the East’s top team, the Ottawa Senators, at Detroit.
The Red Wings won for the 15th time in their last 17 games.
Detroit, with 96 points, moved past the Dallas Stars and within two points of the Senators for first place overall in the NHL.
Washington 2, Colorado 1 -- The Capitals moved within a point of Tampa Bay in the Southeast Division with the win at Washington. They surrendered the division lead with Friday night’s loss to the Kings. The Avalanche remained four points behind Vancouver in the Northwest Division.
Florida 4, Pittsburgh 2 -- The Penguins have been held to two or fewer goals in a franchise-record 10 consecutive games. They are winless in 12 games (0-11-1), matching the second longest streak in team history. Their eight-game home winless streak (0-7-1) is the second longest in club history.